It started with a phone call…the phone call that every parent prays they never get. On an early Sunday morning, October 16, 2016, I received THAT call. Meghann, my 24 year-old daughter, had been involved in a car accident and couldn’t be found. I sat straight up, what do you mean “couldn’t be found”? My initial thought was that she had gotten out of the car and wandered away in shock. Next came the thought that she had been thrown from the car and was unconscious, perhaps in the woods. I was terrified...the fear of the unknown. What happened? Where was she? Was she o.k.? Why couldn't anyone tell me anything? The drive to Columbus from Thomaston seemed to take a lifetime. I think I knew, but didn't want to believe. I yelled, I screamed, I pounded the dash of the truck. I don't remember the drive home.
The car she was in was hit by not one, but TWO drunk drivers (one underage, the other was also under the influence of marijuana). Both from opposite directions. Two separate individuals made the choice to get behind the wheel and endanger everyone around them. Two individuals had no regard for anyone other than themselves. Two individuals ended Meghann's dream of becoming a bride the very next week. Ended the dream she had of teaching, making a difference in young lives. She had just completed her Masters degree and begun her second year as a reading teacher. Why didn't she get a choice??
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD works to strengthen existing laws and pass new ones, provides advocates who offer emotional support to victims and survivors, ensures that justice is being served by monitoring DUI cases...the list goes on and on. I have benefited from many of these services myself. Last year, you helped me raise $2,411 to help make all of this possible.
Please support me again as I join thousands of others in the 2018 Walk Like Madd event on September 15 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. We walk to honor and remember those we love who have been taken or impacted by this senseless crime. The money raised provides programs and services at no cost to victims and survivors. Help me honor and remember Meghann. All donations go directly to MADD.